Mission: The junior league of stamford-norwalk, inc. Is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Programs: Education and trainingas part of jlsn's mission, jlsn provides training to its members to enable them to become civic leaders and effective community volunteers. Each year, jlsn commits financial resources to develop leadership skills of league members, as well as training them on how to create and implement programming that will have a lasting positive impact on the community. Training is provided on a local basis through league and other community organizations, such as the volunteer center and the fairfield county community foundation, and by sending delegates to leadership conferences held by the association of junior leagues, international.
in 2012-13, jlsn collaborated with the stamford public education foundation (spef) in stamford, ct and created a family literacy program designed to address child literacy issues with children in southend stamford. The program included several family literacy nights where kindergarten through second-grade students attended with their parents. The students worked with jlsn volunteers to practice reading while the parents worked with public school teachers to learn the importance of reading with their children and helping them develop good reading skills. In addition, books and goodie bags of food were also given out to the families. Done-in-a-day community projectsjlsn typically conducts short-term events and projects each month with community partners as part of jlsn's mission to improve the community through effective action of trained volunteers. In 2013-14, jlsn's done-in-a-day committee coordinated a number of activities in which members were able to serve the community. Jlsn members helped with the annual appeal food drive for the lower fairfield county food bank in stamford, ct, as well as served meals at the open door shelter in norwalk, ct. Jlsn participated in a back-to-school backpack initiative with inspirica, inc. In stamford, ct, where backpacks and supplies were provided to 25 children from grades k-12. Jlsn hosted a coat drive and collected winter outerwear donations in collaboration with local ice rinks in stamford and ridgefield, ct. The coats collected were donated to two of jlsn's long-standing community partners, person-to-person in darien, ct and pacific house in stamford, ct. Members also collected toiletries and personal supplies and assembled mother's day baskets for women at the malta house shelter in norwalk, ct. In collaboration with family centers, inc. In stamford, ct, jlsn collected holiday gift donations and wrapped the gifts as part of an angel tree program. Jlsn members organized and hosted a valentine's day and st. Patrick day parties for seniors at elder house in norwalk, ct. Jlsn also helped with a number of educational and literacy initiatives including a 5k run hosted by the norwalk library, a reading is fundamental book giveaway with the stamford public education foundation in stamford, ct, an early childhood education professional development conference with the stamford school readiness council in stamford, ct, a norwalk early childhood council event, assembling giveaway bags for "play and learn" nights organized by the united way in stamford, ct, and participating in the "play and learn" nights. Jlsn also continued its long-time participation in the annual international coastal clean-up, where jlsn volunteers cleaned up cummings beach in stamford, ct. Members also helped with clean-up at gardens at still meadow school in stamford, ct and the fodor community garden in norwalk, ct.